Solving Your Snoring Problem
Snoring is a common, yet troubling phenomenon. In the United States alone, 46% of the population are snorers. That is a fantastically high statistic considering how bad it can be for the snorer, and the person who is sleeping next to them. If the person you love snores, you can relate to the difficulty of sleeping together.
Snoring is not just an unwanted nuisance, it can be a sign of a much more dangerous condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when the snorer’s airway is completely closed during sleep, causing a lack of oxygen. As a result, the person will wake up to correct it. This creates a disturbing sleep/awake trend that can make ordinary life impossible, if not dangerous.
What most people are also not aware of are the alarming health conditions that are directly related to snoring. People who snore are at a higher risk of developing strokes, heart disease, heart attack, heart arrhythmias and high blood pressure.
Considering this evidence, if you snore, it is highly recommended that you find a way to correct the problem. There are many devices available on the market today with a proven, scientific track record of significantly lowering snoring, and in some cases completely eliminating it. Always see your health care provider before beginning any treatment.
The devices we will be discussing are the most popular and effective methods to treat your snoring. You will need to find the device that will work for you. Snoring can be caused by a multitude of problems. Finding the problem may take some time, be patient until you find the right option for you.
Anti-Snoring Mouthpieces: These are very similar to what you see people wearing who play contact sports. It is a small device that is inserted into your mouth and worn throughout the night. There are two types. A MAD (Mandibular Advancement Device) and TSD (Tongue Stabilizing Device). The MAD, like the VitalSleep (seen here) works by holding your jaw in place during sleep, in most cases people who snore – when they fall asleep – their jaw and mouth muscles relax allowing gravity to pull them backwards. These muscles then vibrate when air passes by, creating the snoring sound. A TSD works by holding the tongue in place, similarly as above, when a person falls asleep, their tongue will fall backwards, blocking their airway. This device holds it in place. Both have been rigorously tested and have been scientifically proven to work to reduce or eliminate snoring. The downside is, you are not used to wearing something in your mouth while you sleep, however most people report they are able to get comfortable with the device in a short period of time.
Nasal Strips: If the reason you are snoring is a result of nasal congestion, then this option is for you. You simply stick the nasal strip to your nose prior to sleeping, this will help your nasal passages to be more open allowing more air to pass through as you sleep. This can be a viable, possibly less effective choice if wearing a mouthpiece is not an option you want to explore.
Anti-Snoring Pillows: The anti-snoring pillow works to keep the airway open by supporting your neck in a specific position while you sleep. In most cases, a person’s head and neck are tilted backwards during sleep, the anti-snoring pillow corrects this by tilting and keeping the head forward. As a result, the airway has less ability to become flattened when the person falls asleep. Anti-snoring pillows have been rated less effective, but again, you need to find the solution that is right for you.
Snoring can be a nightmare. Thankfully there are many options, with advance technology available on the market today to provide snoring relief. Many of these options have been rigorously tested and provided excellent results to reduce or eliminate snoring. Be sure to do your research and read reviews to find the option that is best for you.